As restrictions begin to ease today as per the government's roadmap, we now begin a slow return to a more safety conscious version of normality. That's why, now more than ever, it’s so important to fine-tune your safety procedures and safety signage to meet the requirements of the modern world and to visually demonstrate that you take safety seriously for when things begin to open up.
Who knows what the “new normal” will look like? It may be that potential customers/clients will gravitate towards those businesses who clearly distinguish themselves as safety advocates. Are you one of them?
Today we’re looking at how you can ensure you have great safety signage and how you can prepare to welcome visitors back to your premises when permitted to make them feel safe.
1. It’s all about quality
The physical condition of your safety signs is incredibly important. Poor quality signage site-wide may mean that vital safety notices are illegible and could also give visitors the impression that safety is an afterthought or isn’t taken as seriously as it should be. If you’ve seen a sign on-site that’s faded or broken and you haven’t recently reviewed your signage, it’s likely that there are more that have suffered the same fate.
Low quality catalogue bought signs are the most susceptible to fading as they are often screen printed and manufactured using low quality materials.
Here at Signs, Safety & Surveys, we only produce our signs using the best quality vinyl, laminates and materials combined with state-of-the-art digital latex printing; our 7 year grade polymeric self-adhesive vinyl and matched UV resistant laminate system prevents fading for at least 7 years.
2. Combine multiple notices onto one board
We see all too often that people put up too many signs in one place. Granted, all the required notices may be present, but having lots of signs displayed untidily in one place may cause confusion. This is called “sign blindness”. You can avoid this mistake by taking down all of those signs and replacing them with one board where all required safety notices have been combined and collated in a way that is tidy, intuitive and reduces clutter.
3. Substitute Foamex for 3mm Aluminium Composite
As a rule of thumb, Foamex (or PVC) is used for internal signs and 3mm Aluminium Composite is used for external signs because of its enhanced rigidity and weather resistance. However, if you’d really like to add a classy, high-end finish to your internal signs – maybe for your corporate offices - there’s no harm in switching out Foamex for Aluminium Composite. Even better still, there isn’t much difference in cost!
4. Opt for Rounded/Radius Corners
This isn’t essential but it does look great! Radius corners replace the pointed edges that you see on the majority of signs. We love rounded corners so much that make all of our signs with them as standard at no extra cost.
5. Add Your Branding
Another thing we love doing for our customers at no extra cost is adding their branding. It just shows visitors to site that safety is part of your core values and you are proud of it.
6. Location, Location, Location
Making sure that your safety signs are positioned correctly is essential if they are to be read and understood. We take this stress away by offering a fully accredited sign installation service.
If you’re looking at perfecting your site’s safety signage, a sign audit with us is the best place to start!
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